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Merseyside Businesses and Organisations Benefit From Manchester Being "More Than An Airport"

SOME of Merseyside's most-loved attractions, high-flying businesses and world famous institutions are set to be showcased to nearly 30m people using the North's biggest airport. Manchester Airport has launched a visual campaign to celebrate all the things that make the North a great place to live, visit and trade with. Called:- "More than an Airport," it will see local people, businesses, tourist sites, charities and other organisations feature in a series of images that will be displayed across the campus of the UK's third largest gateway. The images will also be used across social media, online and at various sites across the whole of the North. Examples from Merseyside include how Algeos use Manchester Airport to export medical supplies across the globe, how Arup use the hub to connect to 28 of its global offices and Isotech welcomed visitors from 38 difference countries.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport said:- "To many people, Manchester Airport is the place they pass through each time they go on holiday or away for business. What we are trying to bring to life with this campaign is the many ways in which the airport benefits the communities, towns and cities it serves. That ranges from the work we do with Schools and charities to the employment, training and career opportunities we provide to people of all backgrounds across our catchment area. We are also proud to play a role in helping getting products made in Merseyside on shelves in all 4 corners of the world, as well as helping to showcase this fantastic part of the world to international visitors. What the More Than campaign has done is enable us to fully understand the many ways in which the international connectivity we provide truly makes the North a great place to visit and do business with."

The campaign's theme uses Manchester Airport's 3 letter code; MAN; to knit together the words:- "More than an Airport."

Aimed at highlighting the role Manchester plays in creating jobs, inspiring young people, enabling trade links and attracting investors and visitors to the North, it includes a series of sub themes, such as:-

A Community Champion.

A Good Neighbour.

A Dream Maker.

A Bright Future.

A Deal Maker.

A Warm Welcome.

A Gateway to the North.

A Responsible Business.

A Diversity Champion.

The visually led campaign includes key facts and figures under each theme, such as the fact airport colleagues deliver more than 9,000 hours of volunteering each year, that Manchester Airport provides direct links to 35 of the UK's top 50 export markets and that visitor attractions have enjoyed a 200% surge in bookings since direct flights to China were launched in 2016. It will also showcase the lasting legacy the airport's ₤1bn transformation will have, be that through job creation, or the world class airport it will create to continue connecting the North to key global hubs. Currently 25,000 people are employed on site and as the airport grows so will this figure.

Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool, said:- "Our visitor economy has grown year on year over the last decade to the point where it brings ₤4.3 billion into the City region each year, and having Manchester Airport less than an hour away has been a huge part of that growth. It allows visitors from long haul markets such as the US, China and India to come directly to the north west; frequently mixing a visit to Liverpool with other cities like Manchester or glorious natural beauty in Lancashire and Cumbria. It is also a huge benefit to our meetings and conferences industry, to businesses working globally and the thousands of international students who make Liverpool their home each year."

Jackie Fisher, CEO of Algeos, said:- "Exports are a significant part of our business selling into 65 countries with a network of over 45 overseas distributors and offices in Melbourne and Dubai. Having Manchester Airport down the road really does provide a gateway to the world for us."

Paul Grover, Cities Advisory, Arup, said:- "As an international firm of consultants working across the built environment, ease of physical connection to international markets is essential to the success of our business. Manchester Airport provides our 7 offices across the north of England with direct flights to 28 of our Arup global offices, and the stepping off point for a further 49. The airport has provided the ability for us to deliver a series of award winning projects in international markets such as the National Stadium Beijing and Royal Arena Copenhagen from the UK. We continue to utilise Manchester Airport as a strategic gateway for collaborators, colleagues and clients, exporting our expertise and bringing back new skills and connections to the region."

With 29m passengers and an extensive catchment area that reaches as far north as the Scottish borders, South to the Midlands, East across Yorkshire and West to North Wales and Merseyside, Manchester Airport continues to add routes that in the UK can only be found outside of London. It offers flights to more than 210 destinations, with recently added examples including:- San Francisco, Los Angeles, Addis Ababa, Singapore and Boston. To see the campaign creative's you can now click on here.

Over ₤1m investment in nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals

A substantial investment in nursing staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust means that over 100 roles are now available for nurses and healthcare assistants. As part of this recruitment drive, on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, the Trust is holding a nursing recruitment event from 5pm to 8pm. This will be at Southport Hospital, in the Clinical Education Centre. On this occasion, roles are available for band 5 registered nurses and student nurses soon to qualify. The Trust is especially keen to speak to those wanting to return to the organisation, looking for flexible work patterns and anyone keen for a rotational post. There will be a separate event to recruit healthcare assistants in August 2019. Chief executive Silas Nicholls explains:- "We are delighted to be in a position to invest an extra ₤1m on nursing staff during over the next 12 months. This additional funding comes as a result of delivering a challenging budget last year. Every pound we save through being more efficient is 1 pound back to spend on patient care."

During the recruitment event, teams will be on hand to answer questions about different departments and what it is like to work at the Trust. Advice will be available about career development and training. NHS Professionals will also be on hand for anyone looking for temporary roles with the nursing bank. Anyone interested can attend 5pm to 8pm, on a drop in basis. Or you can apply online beforehand via NHSjobs, and booked appointments will be confirmed. Juliette Cosgrove, director of nursing, midwifery and therapies explains:- "We find recruitment events this like make the job application process easier for busy nurses or students. You can just pop along for an hour or so and potentially go home with a job offer. We are in a much stronger position now than in recent years, with increased investment in staffing, facilities and our buildings, which will help us to improve our service to match increasing demands. We are keen to talk to nurses in the area about the opportunities ahead for our Trust and staff".

To apply in advance or to see other roles available at the Trust. For more information please contact Karen Graham on:- 01695 656586.

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